Rankin: I Could Have Been Washed Up At 21

By STEVE MASCORD BOOM Wests Tigers winger Jordan Rankin says he could have been washed up barely into his 20s if not for a career-saving two-year stint with Hull. In 2008, Rankin became the third youngest debutant in Australian first class rugby league history when he made his debut for Gold Coast at the age […]

BONDI BEAT: April 2016

By STEVE MASCORD THE clubs may not like it but do we now have enough English players in the NRL to revive a mid-season Test? There is absolutely no reason why the Kiwis should not play while Origin is on, aside from the fact clubs would declare war if they had to stand down their […]

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NRL round two: WESTS TIGERS 42 GOLD COAST 12 at CBUS Super Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD WESTS Tigers coach Michael Potter feared fullback James Tedesco‘s potential-laden season  was over almost before it began. Fans of the joint venture – even those with sunburn at a sweltering CBUS Super Stadium – went pale when the 21-year-old play motionless after a first half collision during the 42-12 pizzling of Gold […]

JOY OF SIX: round one 2015

By STEVE MASCORD SEEING RED OVER MOSES WHAT if Dallas Donnelly pulled up outside an NRL ground in his time travelling Delorian and went inside for a gander? What would he make of a competition where you are sent to the sin bin for punching someone but stay on the field for a deadset coat-hanger? […]

Pettybourne: Wests Tigers Stint Destroyed Me Mentally

By STEVE MASCORD STAR Wigan signing Eddy Pettybourne has revealed his season at Wests Tigers last year left him so depressed he asked his family to stay away from NRL games in which he was playing. Pettybourne, 25, made his competitive debut for the Super League champions in Friday night’s competition opener against Huddersfield before […]

THE BIG ISSUE: #59

By STEVE MASCORD HOW quickly they forget. By the time you read this, the campaigns of eight NRL teams is are already fading memories. It’s worth pondering how arbitrary and brutal an industry rugby league, and professional sport in general, is. You train like a dog all summer, you get locked into a weekly grind […]

The A List: PAT RICHARDS (Wigan & Ireland)

By STEVE MASCORD “GO on,” a man in his 50s tells his young son, wearing a Warrington jersey, who has just posed for a photo with Pat Richards on King Street in Wigan. The youngster, maybe 11, looks nervous has he faces the Australian-come-Irish winger who had two days before kicked four goals from as […]

DISCORD 2013: Edition 35

By STEVE MASCORD JUST under a decade ago, the National Rugby League made it known that a team which relocates could receive up to $11 million from the administration. The availability of the incentive was a tacit acknowledgement that there were too many teams in Sydney but that saving the history and intellectual property of […]